LEFT: © Unknown German soldier, RIGHT: © Paweł Sawicki
A new publication by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland shows photographs taken in the extermination camp during World War II alongside pictures of the same locations today.
The wartime photographs were taken by members of the German SS in 1944 and appear in The Auschwitz Album (or Lili Jacob Album), which contains nearly 200 photographs showing the arrival of a transport of Hungarian Jews at the Birkenau camp. The pictures document each stage of processing - from departure from the train and the march to the gas chambers, to the looting of property and the selection of people spared immediate death to work in camp. The only stage not recorded is the extermination in the gas chambers.
The photographer of the present-day pictures, Paweł Sawicki, noted that a detailed analysis of the historical photographs was necessary in order to find the same places and to get to know the working methods of the German author.
The book, Auschwitz-Birkenau. The Place Where You Are Standing, contains 31 wartime pictures, matched to their present-day locations. It has been published in Polish and English versions by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.
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